Here’s an update for those of you who are keeping tabs.

I am still not getting any overtime at work, and our budget calls for me to work one overtime shift a week. Instead of telling people “I don’t have enough money to pay our bills,” I’m starting to talk like a politician and saying, “Our household has an operating deficit.” I signed up for night shift OT this weekend, but they called me off for tonight (said they don’t need me).

Deer hunting season starts tomorrow in Missouri. I won’t be there. I have gone every year for the past 15 years or so, except for 2007 when my wife had her radiation therapy for her brain tumor. This year I’m hunting in Indiana with a muzzleloader that my best friend got me for my birthday/Christmas/Thanksgiving/New Years/Etc present. It’s way cheaper, and I don’t have to drive so far, but I don’t get to see my family and friends in Missouri and Iowa, so bummer.

Weight loss has stalled. It’s hard when you eat like you’re supposed to all day, then you come home from work and your son has worked hard making a toll house pie. You have to try a piece, right? And the jogging is on hold for a few reasons.

I’m kind of enjoying and dreading grading my son’s science homework, because I like science, but he’s in 9th grade, and he’s learning about thermodynamics, velocity, acceleration, displacement, etc. Aack!

The Maranatha Baptist Bible College orchestra played at our church last night. We housed two of the band members (students) for the night. Kim told them that it wasn’t that long ago that we were staying in people’s homes while on tour with our college choir. I said, “Dear, it was 17 years ago!” Wow. Time’s fun when you’re having flies.

The house is still for sale. We haven’t had a showing since October 15th. God’s timing is perfect, and we are waiting for Him to bring the perfect people to buy our house.

My sister-in-law is getting married next month to a man she met in Sierra Leone. I’m excited to finally have a brother-in-law on that side of the family. Which reminds me of my favorite “in-law” joke: What’s the difference between in laws and outlaws? Outlaws are wanted! (ha ha ha!)

We are still here. We may not be financially solvent, but our Father is, and He is in charge.


About Steve Picray

I am a conservative Baptist Pastor in the midwestern United States. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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